Lest we get too wrapped up in violent jihad and all sorts of nastiness, everyone should read Sumbul Ali-Karamali’s The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing.
I was fortunate enough to go to college with Sumbul and I count her among my friends. She and I certainly don’t always agree, but you will never find a more thoughtful and intelligent person.
Excerpt from her bio on her website:
“Sumbul Ali-Karamali grew up in Southern California in an ethnically South Asian family. She earned her undergraduate degree in English, with Distinction, from Stanford University. After working as an editor in a publishing company, she attended law school and graduated with her J.D. from the University of California at Davis. She practiced corporate law in San Francisco for several years. Although always a practicing Muslim, Sumbul began the formal study of Islam when she attended the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She graduated from SOAS with her L.L.M. in Islamic Law, with Distinction. She has taught Islamic law as a teaching assistant at the University of London, worked as a research associate at the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law in London, and lectured on Islam and Islamic law. She has had many articles published, both in mainstream news publications and legal journals…For enjoyment, Sumbul plays her violin, teaches the occasional Indian cooking class, and watches Star Trek reruns with her husband.”